By far the safest and least stressful way to get around the island is to hire one of our chauffeur-guides. Red Dot’s team of experienced drivers will make your safety and relaxation their chief concern, and their good English and extensive knowledge of the country enables them to double up as a tour guide, whenever requested, to make your holiday even more satisfying. Red Dot’s drivers also know the special out-of-the-way places to make your holiday extra special and can suggest additional things to do during your tour. They can advise accurately on driving times to reduce the stress of travel to a minimum, and are always happy to answer questions you may have about Sri Lanka. We firmly believe that our pool of chauffeur-guides are the best in the country, possessing a wealth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm, and they consistently score very highly in our customer feedback reviews. All Red Dot chauffeur-guides follow a strict Drivers’ Code which provides clear guidelines regarding passenger safety, mandatory security checks, the client-driver relationship, tipping and gifts, shopping and commissions, and itinerary flexibility. This is to ensure that your time travelling around Sri Lanka is as safe and enjoyable as possible. Read more about Red Dot’s Drivers’ Code.
Janaka Wickramaratne (Wicky) - With more than 30 years of experience working in the hospitality business, and 20 years working as a chauffeur-guide both in Sri Lanka and overseas, Wicky is one of Red Dot’s most skilled drivers. He possesses a wealth of knowledge about Sri Lankan wildlife and the island’s cultural heritage and he holds a first aid certificate. He has been with Red Dot for over ten years.
Bernard - Bernard has worked in tourism for over 16 years and is one of the most senior members of our team. He is especially interested in Sri Lanka’s ancient cultural heritage and is hugely knowledgeable about the island’s history. As a father of three, Bernard is great with children and enjoys taking families on tours of Sri Lanka. Certified in first aid.
Richard - Young and enthusiastic, Richard has been working in tourism for seven years and is a National Tour Guide Lecturer in Sri Lanka. Although he was born and raised in Colombo, this ex-banker loves escaping to the hill country or seeing Sri Lanka’s wildlife, and also has a passion for local food. Certified in first aid.
R.A.D Pathmasiri (Ram) - Ram, who has been working as a chauffeur-guide for over ten years, is passionate about the history of Sri Lanka, particularly with regards to Buddhism, and enjoys guiding people around the island’s archaeological sites. He is also particularly interested in Sri Lankan nature and wildlife, and is a member of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka.
Bandula - Bandula originates from Kandy and charms everyone with his warm, friendly character. He loves meeting new people and delights in the fact that his job allows him to travel all over Sri Lanka on a regular basis. A father of two, he is skilled at entertaining children during long journeys. He has been with Red Dot since 2010.
Roy - Roy has been a licensed chauffeur-guide since 2004 and has attended several training programmes for guiding in Sri Lanka. He is particularly knowledgeable about Sri Lankan wildlife and is a keen birdwatcher, and also likes going on nature walks and game drives through the island’s national parks. Roy is fluent in Sinhalese, Tamil and English – the three main languages spoken in Sri Lanka.
Sujith - Working as a chauffeur-guide since 2010, Sujith is highly sociable and enjoys meeting people from all over the world through his job. He actively enjoys discussing all aspects of Sri Lankan life, be it historical, cultural, political or economic. Sujith is particularly interested in Sri Lanka’s wildlife and enjoys going on nature excursions with clients.
Rathnasiri - With almost 20 years of experience working as a chauffeur-guide in Sri Lanka, Rathnasiri is one of our most knowledgeable team members. He is passionate about wildlife in Sri Lanka and enjoys birdwatching as a hobby. A father of three, Rathnasiri is fantastic at entertaining young children on long journeys. As well as Sinhalese, he can speak both English and Arabic.
Nalin - Nalin has worked in the Sri Lanka tourism industry for 15 years and is one of our most long-standing chauffeur-guides. He is a nature enthusiast, and his specialist knowledge of Sri Lanka’s birdlife will delight keen birdwatchers. Nalin also has an extensive knowledge of Sri Lankan history and is great at engaging children during long drives and cultural site visits.
Ranjith has worked as a chauffeur-guide for 15 years, spending ten of those at Red Dot Tours. An exceptionally experienced guide, Ranjith has excellent English and a vast knowledge of Sri Lanka, covering various aspects including its history, culture and nature. He is particularly well-versed in the island’s wildlife.